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The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
"Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel" (original title)

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When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

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Credited cast:
Janchiv Ayurzana ...
Janchiv
Chimed Ohin ...
Chimed
Amgaabazar Gonson ...
Amgaa
Zeveljamz Nyam ...
Zevel
Ikhbayar Amgaabazar ...
Ikchee
Odgerel Ayusch ...
Odgoo
Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar ...
Dude
Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Ugna
Guntbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Guntee
Munkhbayar Lhagvaa ...
Munkbayar, violin teacher
Ariunjargal Adiya ...
Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav ...
Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur ...
Relative Aimak II
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Botok ...
Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne ...
Mother Camel
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Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. Written by TNS

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8 January 2004 (Germany)  »

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A História do Camelo Que Chora  »

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£52,834 (UK) (9 July 2004)

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$1,742,832 (USA) (1 October 2004)
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Janchiv: Now my children I'll tell you the story of the weeping camel. Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers, but the deer never brought them back. Since then the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.
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An Excellent Film of a Different Way of Life
18 July 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

In Mongolia in the Gobi desert a four-generation family of herders lives a tough, plain life. One of their camels gives birth but refuses to accept the calf. They care for the calf, try to hand-feed it, and decide to send for a player of music. The belief is that the music may make the camel accept the calf, and if it does the camel will weep.

The movie is classified as a documentary, but it is much more the story of the ways of this particular family, how they live, how they raise their small children, how the experience of the grandparents is used, how they care for their herds. Customs and rituals provide comfort. Electricity, television, ice cream provide temptations, but are more or less accepted as expensive facts of life which they aren't particularly tempted by. The actors all appear to be nonprofessionals.

This is the kind of movie you have to let yourself accept for what it is...a gentle, unobtrusive look at a way of life far different from ours. Well worth seeing.


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